Review : Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Clean Family Entertainer
Release date : Nov 12, 2015
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Sooraj Barjatya
Producer : Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Kamal Kumar Barjatya
Music Director : Himesh Reshammiya
Starring : Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor
The magical combination of Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatiya is back with yet another family entertainer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Also starring Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Anupam Kher, this film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Vijay Singh(Salman Khan) is the royal prince of Pritampur. He has two step sisters and one brother who hate him big time. A disappointed Vijay, always tries to make peace with his family but ends up failing each time. As time passes by, he gets engaged to a princess called Maithili(Sonam Kapoor) and plans for a big family reunion during his wedding.
During the same time, Vijay Singh gets attacked by his own brother’s(Neil Nitin Mukesh) henchmen. His loyal guard Dewan(Anupam Kher) save his life and keeps him in a secret place away from his family. This is also the time when Dewan’s assistants come across Prem(Salman Khan) who is an exact lookalike of Vijay Singh.
Left with no choice, Dewan makes a meticulous plan and sends Prem in place of prince Vijay Singh. Rest of the story is as to how this innocent Prem manages his evil family and a loving finance.
Salman Khan is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets and excels in his double role. He looks regal as the prince and plays the mature character well. On the other hand, Salman brings back all the sweet memories of Prem from his Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Apke Hain Kaun days and carries the entire film on his shoulders.
Sonm Kapoor is perfect as the princess and looks gorgeous on screen. Right from the costumes to her chemistry with Salman, everything looks top class. The colorful visuals, rich production values and all the family emotions which are associated with Sooraj Barjatiya films have been showcased wonderfully.
Anupam Kher and Armaan Kohli are impressive in their respective roles. Talented actress, Swara Bhaskar gets a meaty role and performs with a lot of ease. All her scenes with Salman have come out well and become the main stay of the film. Songs are yet another major highlight and have been shot quite lavishly.
Even though PRDP does not have many boring moments, pace of the film is a bit slow. Proceedings during the second half move at their own speed and the climax is also a bit stretched. Story is age old and has nothing much exciting going its way.
The scenes during the pre-climax are confusing and have been rushed towards the climax. The negative characters featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Armaan Kohli have not been elevated much. Some more scenes should have been added to showcase the hatred between Salman and his family.
Technical Aspects :-
Music by Himesh Reshamiya is superb and so are the lyrics. Camera work is top notch and showcases the entire film in a superb light. Special mention should go to the art department for their splendid work. The royal sets which have been created look top class and give the film a grand look. Editing was decent but the flashback episode featuring Salman’s father should have been removed.
Coming to the director Sooraj Barjatiya, he has done a wonderful job with the film. Even though he chose a routine story, the way he has set it in a royal but contemporary era is wonderful. Once again, he showcases family emotions quite beautifully and does not go overboard. The only place where he falters is the way he take his own time in wrapping up things which becomes quite tedious at times.
One the whole, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a clean family entertainer which has everything which you look forward in a Sooraj Barjatiya and Salman Khan combination. Rich family emotions, superb songs and Salman’s adorable performance are huge assets. If you end up bearing the predictable story line and slow pace, you can happily watch this film with your entire family and have a blast this Diwali weekend.
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.5/5
Reviewed by Avad